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Personnel from across Marine Corps Base Hawaii continue to apply preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, MCBH, May 21, 2020. Thank you to all the MCBH Marines, Sailors, Civilian Marines, and families for your continued resilience during this pandemic. Please continue your dedicated efforts towards this fight. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Jose Angeles).
Base leadership aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) discuss the installation's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, May 15, 2020. MCBH is currently in Health Protection Condition Charlie, which is where the military and medical leaders are taking necessary precautions to prevent or respond to a potential outbreak.(U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Luke Kuennen)
Personnel from across Marine Corps Base Hawaii come together to make cloth face coverings at the Base Chapel, MCBH, Apr. 15, 2020. U.S. Navy Lt. Timothy Pate, chaplain, Headquarters Battalion, MCBH, organized the event to help Marines and Sailors create cloth face coverings in order to minimize the spread of germs and promote good health across the installation. In accordance with MARADMIN 218/20, base personnel are required to cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distancing. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Shane Linder)
U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Brian Dye, provost sergeant, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, provides MCBH with an installation COVID-19 update, Apr. 9, 2020. MCBH is currently in Health Protection Condition Charlie, which is where the military and medical leaders are taking necessary precautions to prevent or respond to a potential outbreak. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Matthew Kirk)
The @cdcgov is advising people to follow five simple steps to help prevent the spread of #COVID19: 1. Wash your hands 2. Cough/sneeze into your elbow 3. Don't touch your face 4. Stay more than 6ft (2m) away from others 5. Stay home if you feel sick
Ensure to practice social distancing by avoiding crowded areas and places; stay six feet away from others; increase physical space; stay indoors as much as possible; and remain vigilant. Marine Corps Base Hawaii is currently in Health Protection Condition Bravo, which is where the military and medical leaders are taking necessary precautions to prevent or respond to a potential outbreak. (U.S. Marine Corps video by MCBH COMMSTRAT)
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds and wash them often and thoroughly. When using hand sanitizer, use alcohol based sanitizer. Marine Corps Base Hawaii is currently in Health Protection Condition Bravo, which is where the military and medical leaders are taking necessary precautions to prevent or respond to a potential outbreak. (U.S. Marine Corps video by MCBH COMMSTRAT)
Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched or used objects and surfaces; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of it in a trash bin; if no tissue is available, sneeze or cough into your elbow. Marine Corps Base Hawaii is currently in Health Protection Condition Bravo, which is where the military and medical leaders are taking necessary precautions to prevent or respond to a potential outbreak. (U.S. Marine Corps video by MCBH COMMSTRAT)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Samantha Sanchez explains precautionary measures that can be taken to prevent the spread of diseases when receiving packages and grocery shopping, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Apr. 1, 2020. MCBH is currently in Health Protection Condition Charlie, where base personnel and their families are taking necessary precautions to maintain their readiness and health. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Jose Angeles and Lance Cpl. Samantha Sanchez)

MCBH is in Health Protection Condition (HPCON) level Bravo

This decision is informed by local conditions based on public health surveillance data, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, collaboration with the State of Hawaii, and advice from the command PHEO. All current mitigation measures remain in place as MCBH continues to employ a conditions-based approach to COVID-19 response.

For further guidance, please contact your chain of command.

All persons aboard MCBH must maintain physical distance of six feet. When unable to maintain six feet of physical distance, individuals on Marine Corps property, installations, and facilities will wear cloth face coverings. This applies to all Military, DOD Civilians, DOD Contractors, Dependents, and all other individuals on or in Marine Corps property. Face coverings worn by any individual shall be conservative in appearance, not offensive, and conform to CDC guidance. Per CDC guidance, cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Personnel are authorized to utilize on and off-base facilities that are open for business. Participation in any on or off-base activity will not be conducted with more than 10 individuals in any group. Personnel are authorized to walk, run, or do other outdoor physical training activities on MCBH, to include using on-base parks and playgrounds, as long as social distancing is implemented. Water sports are authorized. Off-base physical activity will conform to current state and local regulations. For State of Hawaii updates, visit https://hawaiicovid19.com/

BEACHES: Effective immediately, Entry Control Points (ECP) are no longer required at MCBH beaches and beach access is available to DoD ID card holders.  North Beach, Pyramid Rock Beach, Hale Koa Beach, Secret Beach, and Fort Hase Beach are now open for PT and access to the water, and gathering/sitting/lounging in groups of 10 or less.

Visit the MCCS website for updated information on available services. For up to date impacts, hours and closures, please visit https://mccshawaii.com/updates/  and also monitor https://www.facebook.com/mccshawaii. All MCCS Facilities are observing a mandated 6′ separation for social distancing enforcement. Please observe this for your safety as well as the employees.

Please visit the Commissary web site for current hours and updates:

https://www.commissaries.com/shopping/store-locations/kaneohe-bay-mcbh

All travelers must comply with Hawaii State policy, which allows three options for travelers arriving on O’ahu:

(1) 10-day self-quarantine.

(2) Participate in the Hawaii Safe Travels Program, which requires a COVID test pre-travel. More info at https://hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/

(3) Apply for partial exemption from quarantine for those traveling to perform critical infrastructure work. A requirement of the State exemption is travelers will conduct (3) post-arrival tests at member’s own expense, (1) within 24 hours after arrival, (2) three days after first test, (3) seven days after first test. Contractors traveling to Hawaii may apply for this exemption through https://travelexemption.hawaii.gov. They will need to provide appropriate job details and documentation. Exemption requests generally take 2-3 days to process.

Notes:

(a) All DoD personnel will follow the 0/7/10-Day Restriction of Movement policy aboard MCBH

     Option 1 (Full ROM): 10-day ROM-Conditional Release for travel to Hawaii

     Option 2 (Partial ROM): 7-day ROM-Conditional Release, if the individual meets the following criteria:

          - Identified as Mission Essential personnel by unit.

          AND

          - Takes a Pre-travel COVID-19 viral test 1-3 days before departure to Hawaii.

           AND

          -Takes a COVID-19 viral test between 5-7 days after arrival to Hawaii.

     Option 3 (No ROM): 0-day ROM-Conditional Release, if the individual meets the following criteria:

          -Traveling from CONUS OR Alaska

          AND

          - Completed the full series of the COVID vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival OR have recovered from COVID between 14 – 90 days prior to arrival.

          AND

          -Takes a pre-travel COVID-19 viral test 1-3 days before departure to Hawaii OR take a post-travel test as soon as possible upon your return to Hawaii. Personnel will remain in ROM-Conditional Release until the post-travel test results returned.

(b) For contractors traveling to MCBH for temporary work, an Exception to Policy (ETP) request form must be submitted to the MCBH Adjutant Office no later than 10 days prior to traveler arrival on island. The MCBH ETP form will be provided by the hosting unit’s representative.

MCBH Exemption to Policy Request Form

There are three types of restriction of movement (ROM) that individuals with MCBH may be required to implement:

Conditional Release, Quarantine, and Isolation. These three different types of ROM will be assigned by the respective unit (Commanding Officer) as recommended by a competent medical authority.
 
Individuals assigned to ROM will:

(1) Understand and adhere to all local and command guidance for specific ROM requirements and policy. Any questions should be addressed through the chain of command.

(2) Self-monitor to check for fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other COVID-19 symptoms. Consult a competent medical authority if experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Immediately notify a supervisor or command representative if taking a COVID-19 test.

(3) Avoid unnecessary close contact with others.

(4) Not conduct leisure travel, visit public or crowded areas, or use public transportation. Appropriate face coverings shall be worn by all ROM personnel as directed. Access to messing facilities, exchanges, food courts, fitness centers, and other shared facilities is prohibited.

No-contact takeout, drive-through, and delivery food options from various services are authorized provided social distancing measures are maintained.

Individuals assigned into Isolation or Quarantine shall not exit their assigned quarters for any reason until medically cleared to do so. Those assigned into Conditional Release may exit quarters for mission-essential official duties (as determined by commanders), to access laundry facilities, MCBH Commissary (limited to one person per household), conduct outdoor exercise, visit designated smoking areas, and conduct other essential tasks not in a public setting provided they maintain social distancing greater than six feet from others.

Anyone, living on or off-base, will be placed in ROM-Conditional Release if hosting ROM personnel in their domicile.

MCBH Service Members and dependents who host off-island guests in their domicile (on or off base) may avoid ROM-Conditional Release if the following criteria are met:

(1) Unit commander is notified at no lower than O-5 level of intent to host off-island guests.

(2) Documentation is provided to unit commanders (O-5+) showing that off-island guests have complied with the Hawai’i Safe Travels Program, to include a negative COVID test result.

POINTS OF EMPHASIS:

          (a) Guests awaiting test results after arrival, and their hosting Service Members and/or dependents are subject to ROM Conditional Release restrictions, until negative test results are received and cleared of the State quarantine policy.

          (b) If the service member who is hosting an off-island guest cannot or will not provide a negative test result/proof of adhering to Hawaii Safe Traveler’s Program, then the service member will remain in ROM/CR for 10 Days.

          (c) The Hawaii Safe Traveler’s Program has not yet been approved as a test out for Service Members to return to work after traveling off-island.

(3) COVID risk mitigation plan is completed in accordance with parent command policy.

DoD civilians, contractors, concessionaires, and franchise employees who live off base and are hosting off-island guests in their domicile should inform their supervisory chain, and self-monitor for symptoms. DoD civilians, contractors, concessionaires, and franchise employees should not come aboard MCBH if they become symptomatic except to receive medical care.

Off Island Guests will be allowed to use services on base, but should not visit workplaces or operational units.

Notes:

(a) This guidance pertains to only those members hosting off-island guests in their domicile.  The 10-day ROM-Conditional Release requirement for personnel facing other scenarios/situations (e.g., PCS, personal out-of-state travel, etc.) remains in effect.

MCBH is executing military training, range management, and aviation operations support with COVID mitigations that comply with State of Hawaii, INDOPACOM, and MCIPAC policies.

A key and required mitigation is that all DoD service members and contracted services support requiring trans-Pacific travel to MCBH requires a 10 day Restriction of Movement (ROM) prior to executing activities onboard MCBH. 
Any Requests for Information (RFI) or Feasibility of Support (FOS) should be sent to MCBH_COVID-19_CELL@usmc.mil

For up to date information, please monitor the HIDOE website. Please continue to check the DOE and Mokapu school website and social media outlets for updates and other important information.

Department of Education Website: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/

Department of Education Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HIDOE808/

Mokapu Website: https://mokapu.k12.hi.us/

Mokapu Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MokapuElementarySchool/

Defense counseling services for NJP, Adsep, Investigations, etc. will be by telephonic appointment only.

Counseling will still occur during our normal counseling hours of Tuesday and Thursday 1300-1600. If you have Marines in need of counseling, please send an email to michael.gruman@usmc.mil with the following 24-hours prior to the requested counseling session: Name of Marine, rank, current unit, cell phone number, reason for counseling, and any accompanying paperwork (PTA, Investigation, 6105, Notice of Adsep, etc.). Please copy eric.winkofsky@usmc.mil to the email as well. Times will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Thank you in advance for your patience and if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. As always, existing clients represented by counsel may call their attorneys directly to schedule appointments as needed.

Legal Services Support Services - We intend to begin a tiered approach to resuming in-person legal assistance services.  Currently, all services are offered by appointment only.

Effective 17 August 2020, the legal assistance office will alter its services as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. We will still be conducting business by phone and e-mail. If a Marine needs a power of attorney or notary they will have to schedule an appointment. These appointments can be made 10 minutes apart, and the Marine should come in alone. The client will need to bring his own pen and mask.  To set up an appointment, please call (808) 257-6738/4314/6736. Emails should be sent to LCpl Jason Martinez at jason.a.martinez@usmc.mil or SSgt Derek Williams at derek.e.williams@usmc.mil.

The legal assistance attorneys will still provide advice to current and new clients, but only over the phone.  Individuals seeking legal advice must schedule it by contacting LCpl Jason Martinez at jason.a.martinez@usmc.mil or SSgt Derek Williams at derek.e.williams@usmc.mil.  Instead of walk-in hours on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 0730 to 1100, potential clients may set up an appointment by first emailing LCpl Martinez or SSgt Williams.  The client will then be called by the attorney and provided legal advice over the phone.  These appointments will be on a first come, first served basis.  We will schedule 1 appointment every 30 minutes on Tuesday and Friday from 0730 to 1100.  We will need a copy of a completed client intake sheet, emailed to us no later than COB the day before. To get this sheet please, please email LCpl Martinez or SSgt Williams. As this form will contain sensitive information, the potential client must email it to us directly—not through the command.

Finally, the link to our webpage is https://www.mcbhawaii.marines.mil/Offices-Staff/Legal-Services/Legal-Services-Support-Team/Legal-Assistance/. Our webpage has a lot of our forms, e.g. separation agreement, estate plan worksheet, powers of attorney, etc. 

Due to current health protection conditions, PMO is limiting their in-person response for service to reduce the likelihood personnel are exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

PMO will assist with all non-emergency incidents over the phone and determine if an in-person response is necessary.  Regardless of the type of response, all reporting requirements will still be met. As a reminder, PMO’s Desk Sergeant number is 808-257-2123.

PMO Customer Service Center BLDG 1095 will be M-F 0730-1630 & CLOSED 1200-1230 for lunch.  Services rendered are limited due to social distancing standards include Houseguest, Local Records Checks, issuance of Non-Resident Forms, Weapons Registration, and Checkouts.  Fingerprinting is by appointment only Mon-Wed 0800-1100.  For questions call 808-257-0183.

MCBH Visitor’s Center BLDG 1637 will be M-F 0600-1630.  All contractor and visitor services are provided. For questions call 808-257-2047.

MCBH Camp Smith PMO Customer Service Center will be M-F 0630-1400.  Services rendered are limited due to social distancing standards and will include contractor vetting and issuance of access credentials, Local Records Checks, issuance of Non-Resident Forms, Weapons Registration, House Guests, Fingerprinting, and Checkouts.  For questions call 808-477-8735.

The Department of Defense recently published guidance regarding how COVID-19 positive cases in the U.S. military will be publicly reported.

In order to maintain operational security, only the Office of the Secretary of Defense or Headquarters Marine Corps will release aggregate numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases.   Those numbers will be consolidated at the DoD/Service levels.

Numbers of people in isolation, quarantine, or possibly infected will not be released.

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